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UNM Continuing Education offers education and training from the most talented, experienced and dedicated instructors! UNM Continuing Education has many outstanding instructors, and just like our students, a love for learning brings them here.


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Dodici AzpaduPrize‐winning poet and author, Dodici Azpadu, holds a PhD in Language and Literature and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She has taught in the Honors College at UNM, and currently, she teaches writing at CNM. Her novels SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE PRIME OF LIFE and GOAT SONG were published in the United States and Great Britain, and both enjoyed more than 10‐years of bookstore shelf life. Her third novel, LIVING ROOM, was a 2010 finalist for the NM Book Awards in Fiction. For more information, visit her website at www.dodici‐azpadu.com.

Upcoming Classes:

Writing Fiction (Section WIB‐PE) ‐ 3/5/18
Writing Fiction (Section SPA) ‐ 4/23/18

As an art historian, Susan's area of study is in Western Art, specifically, the early modern period. She is a former OLLI San Francisco lecturer, and has taught art history classes at the university level at Mills College in Oakland and San Francisco State University for 10 years from prehistory through the 19th century. Susan also taught specific classes in the Italian Renaissance and Women & Art in lecture and seminar formats at both OLLI and at the universities. She specializes in the Italian Renaissance and interests include female patronage and women of the early modern period. She studied in Florence, Italy and at the Courtauld Institute in London. She published her groundbreaking research on the patron of Botticelli's Primavera. Susan has graduate degrees from San Francisco State University and Mills College.

Upcoming Classes:

Precursors of the Italian Renaissance (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/1/18
Florence: The Dawning of the Italian Renaissance (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/8/18
The Italian Renaissance: The Beginning of a New Style (Section SPA) ‐ 4/2/18
The Italian Renaissance: The Continuation of the New Style (Section SPA) ‐ 4/23/18

Sarah BakerSarah H. Baker, author of more than a dozen published novels, grew up in New Orleans and has lived all over the country from Alaska to Georgia, but seems to have sprouted roots in New Mexico. Sarah holds an MS in civil and environmental engineering from The University of Texas. Although she works fulltime for the government, Sarah also writes mysteries as S. H. Baker. Her fourth book in the Dassas Cormier Mystery Series, The Not‐So‐High Seas, hit the shelves in 2009, and the series is currently being recorded for audio books. Her fifth Dassas Cormier book is due out in 2011.

Upcoming Classes:

E‐Publishing: The Wave of the Future! (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/3/18

Program Supervisor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico

Upcoming Classes:

Child Narrators in Adult Fiction (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/8/18

Jeff BergIn 2001, Jeff Berg began a film series while living in Las Cruces that featured mostly movies that were shot at least in part in New Mexico. It was then that he started researching the subject extensively, since the series became the most attended event at the two different venues that he worked with through 2012, before returning to Santa Fe. He has traveled the state showing film clips from New Mexico movies since 2011, covering the length and width of the Land of Enchantment. Berg is a Santa Fe based freelance writer, whose recent book on the subject, 'Filmmaking in New Mexico', was recently published by the Arcadia Press of Charleston, SC and London. He is also a film reviewer and has had other writings appear in Film Comment, True West, ABQ the Magazine, and a number of other publications.

Upcoming Classes:

African Americans in New Mexico (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/21/18

Richard Blankmeyer was born and raised in Anaheim, CA. He attended the University of Southern California in on an NROTC scholarship, graduating in 1960 with a BA in Social Studies. Upon graduation, Dick served three years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he was assigned to an LST home ported in San Diego. After leaving the navy, he embarked on a 39 year career in banking which included various management positions in internal audit, consumer loan operations, and project development. Dick retired in 2002 and moved to New Mexico with his wife, Carol.

Upcoming Classes:

Home Front to War Front:The Contributions of American Women to the Allied Victory in World War II (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/7/18
From the Home Front to the War Front –The Nurses (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/16/18
The Statue of Liberty: A Celebration of Freedom and Friendship (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/9/18

Roberta BoggessRoberta Boggess is on the Leadership Council of the OLLI at the University of New Mexico. She is an active volunteer, participating in membership drives and any necessary events from baking cakes to making presidential decisions. Roberta has a B.A. in literature and an M.A. in linguistics. She taught writing and literature in Albuquerque Public Schools for 31 years. "Bobbie

Upcoming Classes:

Ellis Island: Coming to America (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/22/18
Robert Frost (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/25/18
Valentine (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/14/18
A Little Arsenic With Your Tea, M'Dear? (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/22/18
Penny Dreadfuls, Dime Novels and Yellow Journalism (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/5/18
Rudyard Kipling, East is East and West is West (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/13/18
Mistaken for an Inventor, Part One (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/16/18
Comedy Tomorrow, Tragedy Tonight ‐ Why Do We Say That? (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/19/18
Muckraking Journalism (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/5/18
Secrets of World War II (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/30/18
A Little Arsenic With Your Tea, M'Dear? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/5/18
Secrets of World War II, Part Two (Section SPA) ‐ 5/14/18
Ellis Island: Coming to America (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/15/18
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/2/18
Mirror, Mirror On the Wall, Why, Oh Why, Doesnt Disney Call? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/21/18
The Sportin' Life ‐ Why Do We Say That? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/7/18
Out of the Mouths of Babes (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 6/1/18

BA English/Philosophy, cum laude, UNM 1969 MA Special Education, UNM 1971 Ph.D Ed. Foundations UNM 1984 Career special education teacher, APS, taught all levels of exceptionality and all age levels, including adults at Youth Detention Center/Camino Nuevo. Taught Special Ed. teachers at Continuing Ed. summer programs for several years also. Retired 2010. NM Regent Clan Buchanan Intl., Celtic Harp/Vocals, retired costume business "Vestments", and member of Threshold Choir Intl. I have studied harp on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, and am interested in all things Celtic, as well as Egyptian archaeology.

Upcoming Classes:

Robert Burns: Social Activist? (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/19/18



Upcoming Classes:

Writing Poetry (Section SPA) ‐ 5/1/18
Contemporary Multicultural Poetry (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/3/18

Heidi CarlsonFor the past 30 years I have worked with writers and literary agents to improve their writing projects. I have reviewed and critiqued the unpublished memoirs of Paul Newman, Surgeon Generals Dr. Joycelyn Elders and C. Everett Coop, and Martin Short to name a few. I carefully analyze these projects and give positive feedback to writers and literary agents instructing them on how they can improve their stories and make them the best they can be.

Upcoming Classes:

Writing Memoir (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/4/18
Facilitated Writers Group (Section SPA) ‐ 4/6/18

Angelo CervantesAngel Cervantes is an avid genealogical researcher and has done historical and genealogical research in the Archivos of Chihuahua, Colima, Jalisco and Zacatecas, Mexico. He worked as a NM State Archivist in Santa Fe in 2001.

Upcoming Classes:

Who Were the Knights Templar? (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/19/18
Anthropological Genetic History: The Franks Connection to New Mexican Families (Haplogroup I), Section FAA‐EFA (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/26/18
Anthropological Genetic History: The Byzantine Connection to NM Families (Haplogroup E1b1b1b) (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/16/18
The Da Vinci Code, DNA, & the Truth (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/23/18
Anthropological Genetic History: The Sephardic Jews and their Origins in the Iberian Peninsula ‐ Haplogroup J1 (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/16/18
Osher Member Event ‐ The Holy Grail, the Cathars and the Inquisition (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/19/18
(Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/23/18
Who Was the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius? (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/9/18
The DNA of the Lemba Tribe & its connection to the Middle‐East (Section SPA) ‐ 4/20/18
Anthropological Genetic History: The Sephardic Jews and the Colonization of New Mexico ‐ Haplogroup (Section SPA) ‐ 4/6/18
19987 Anthropological Genetic History: The Moors Connection to New Mexican Families (711/1000 CE) (Section SPA) ‐ 5/11/18
19475 Anthropological Genetic History: The Saxons Connection to the Founding Fathers (Haplogroup I) (Section SPA) ‐ 5/18/18
DNA & New Mexico Family History (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/25/18
Anthropological Genetic History: The Viking Connection to New Mexican Families (Haplogroup I) (Section SPA) ‐ 5/4/18
The Ancient Astronaut Theory & its Connection to Science Fiction (Section SPA) ‐ 6/1/18



Upcoming Classes:

Sampler of Women Artists Part Five (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/27/18
Rock Art of New Mexico (Section A) (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/18/18
Rock Art of Utah (Section B) (Section SPB‐PE) ‐ 6/1/18
Rock Art of Arizona (Section C) (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 6/15/18

Teresa Civello's love of history, especially World War II [The War of the Greatest Generation] became her passion while attending St. Joseph's College for Women, Brooklyn New York. She dedicates these programs to her professors. Ph.D Members of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, NY: Sisters Teresa Avila, Joseph Damien and Joan de Lourdes who taught me how to think. Terry is an award‐winning published author of memoir short stories and continues to attend Osher writing classes.

Upcoming Classes:

Osher Membership Event: Documentary Film: Rosie the Riveter ‐ 1980 (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/2/18
Osher Membership Event: Slide Show ‐ Women in Combat: Snipers, Spitfires & Spies (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/9/18



Upcoming Classes:

What Pleasure Have Great Princes ‐ Music of the English Renaissance (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/5/18
The Shakespeare Authorship Question (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/16/18

Rose Day has a Ph.D. in English and an MA in Humanities and has taught college English courses for 32 years. She has studied at the University of New Mexico and State University of New York at Buffalo. Growing up semi‐rurally in western New York, she has been a voracious reader since second grade. Moreover, she knows part of Ontario, having family in Niagara Falls, Canada, and having spent time in southern Ontario from childhood to early adulthood. She also writes, does oils and pastels an! d photography, plays guitar and sings. Before moving to Albuquerque in 1982, she lived in the Taos area, building an adobe in which her second son was born. Rose is recently retired from Central New Mexico Community College.

Upcoming Classes:

The Mark Twain Project:Online and Three Published Volumes (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/1/18

Mary Mortensen Diecker is the principal of RM Technical Services, Inc., providing consulting services in a variety of areas. She is the author of "Roadrunner Tales," a book in calendar form containing 366 stories about New Mexico. She teaches classes in New mexico History at CNM's Emeriturs Academy and the Road Scholar.

Upcoming Classes:

It's Fun, It's History, It's Uniquely New Mexico (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/19/18
The White Hat Guys and the Black Hat Guys (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/3/18



Upcoming Classes:

Viktor Frankl & Our Search for Meaning (Section SPA) ‐ 5/24/18

* Born & educated in Albuquerque, New Mexico. * Received BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from UNM in 1954. * Served two years as a Lt. In the USAF in aircraft hydraulic system R&D at WPAFB. * Worked as an engineer, sales & marketing manager, subsidiary president, corporate VP & consultant for Pall Corporation for 45 years, mostly on Long Island, NY. Was their 81st employee & at retirement they had over 9,000. * Currently serves on the UNM, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board. * He helps review & rate the projects of the Mechanical Engineering Senior Design classes, four times a year.

Upcoming Classes:

Testing Your DNA (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/19/18
Understanding DNA Results and What They Mean For You (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/7/18



Upcoming Classes:

Why Washington, Lincoln, and FDR Remain Our Most Revered Presidents (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/26/18
Anatomy of the Short Story (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/10/18
Why We Have the Personalities We Have and Why We Have Them (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/9/18
The Development of Ludwig Van Beethoven s Genius (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/1/18
The Anatomy of Humor (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/27/18
The Lives of the Great Composers from the Baroque Period through the Romantic (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/30/18
The Art of Maintaining the Freshness in Your Primary Relationship (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/12/18
Anatomy of the Short Story (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/21/18
Strange Brew: Music of the 1960s (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/4/18
The Case for Reincarnation (Section SPA) ‐ 6/1/18

Ramon FloresRamón Flores is a native of Albuquerque who earned BA in History and MA in Cultural Pluralism from Stanford University and a MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. In the course of a thirty year career as a theatre director, playwright, actor and producer Ramón has extensively researched and written on a number of historical issues. Ramón wrote, directed and produced two plays about New Mexico's colonial period. With Lynn Butler Knight he co‐wrote The Merchant of Santa Fe which addressed the plight of New Mexico's Hidden Jews living under the shadow of the Inquisition in 1670. With Taos Pueblo writer James Lujan he co‐wrote Casi Hermanos about the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 which was produced in 1995. In 2004 Ramón co‐wrote and produced the play The Peculiar Case of José Padilla about the New York born Puerto Rican who was held as an "enemy combatant

Upcoming Classes:

How Will This (Trump Presidency) End? What will follow? (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/20/18
Should "Dixie" be included in the Great American Song Book? (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/12/18
The United States and China: Is Confrontation or War Inevitable? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/19/18
Will the Alt‐Right Continue to be a Major Player in Republican Party Politics? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/20/18
The Progressive Wing Democrats vs. the New Democrats (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/26/18



Upcoming Classes:

Osher Member Event (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/27/18

Robert GishRobert F. Gish holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.degrees in English and American Studies from the University of New Mexico and is the recipient of the Erna Fergusson Distinguished Alumni Award from UNM. He is the author of over twenty works of fiction, memoir, folktales, and literary biographies as well as numerous monographs and essays on the literature, history, and culture of the American Southwest. His short story collections include West Bound, Dreams of Quivira, Bad Boys and Black Sheep, and First Horses: Stories of the New West. Bob taught at the University of Northern Iowa from 1967‐1991, where he was University Distinguished Scholar and Professor of English, as well as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. He served as Director of Ethnic Studies and Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo from 1991‐2001. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Pen West, the Authors Guild, and the Screen Actors Guild. He and his wife, Judith, live in Albuquerque. They are the parents of three children and six grandchildren. He is a jazz guitarist and vocalist by avocation. Please visit his website: www.robertfgish.com

Upcoming Classes:

Steinbeck's Stories (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/3/18
Voltaire and The Lessons of Candide"" (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/1/18

Tim Goloversic earned an MBA from IUP, an MS in International Relations from Troy University, and a BS in Aeronautics from ERAU. He is a retired Army Major and has completed numerous military leadership courses. His teaching focuses on developing plans for sustainable peace and economies in war torn countries.

Upcoming Classes:

Yugoslavia: History from Pre‐World War I ‐ to the 1990s Civil War ‐ to Present (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/5/18

Creigh GordonMs, Electrical Engineering, Aficionado of Macroeconomics

Upcoming Classes:

Money and Economic Policy in the Post Gold Standard Era (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/24/18



Upcoming Classes:

Modern Science Is Stranger than Fiction (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/26/18

With a career ranging from archeologist and and university teacher through environmental consulting and land use planning to computer network design and administration, Bruce can draw on a wide range of experiences. He has degrees in anthropology from Rice and Yale and in Public Administration from the University of Denver. He has a long standing interest in the history, technology, and economics of the ancient Mediterranean area. He feels that history more interestingly seen in terms of the way people lived their daily lives and interacted with their surroundings than as a parade of political events.

Upcoming Classes:

The Late Roman Empire (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/3/18

Carol A. Hill is a geologist and author of many books including Cave Minerals of the World, and Geology of Carlsbad Cavern, and Geology of the Delaware Basin. She was featured on the NOVA show "Mysterious Life of Caves,

Upcoming Classes:

Geology of Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Cavern (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/24/18
Planetary Geology (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/31/18
Geology of the Grand Canyon (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/4/18
Geology of the Jemez Mountains (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/2/18

Lizabeth JohnsonLizabeth Johnson earned her MA in History from UNM in 2000 and her Ph.D. in History from University of Wash

Upcoming Classes:

A History of Ireland, Scotland and Wales (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/28/18
History of the Vikings in Europe (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/4/18

Julius Kaplan earned his BA from Wesleyan University, his MA and PhD from Columbia. An art historian by profession, now retired, he has been an opera fanatic since his mid‐teens. Attracted to New Mexico by Santa Fe Opera, he is currently Vice‐President of the Board of Opera Southwest. Relevant experience: a life‐long opera enthusiast, I have seen the opera many times and have read extensively about Puccini, Belasco and the opera itself.

Upcoming Classes:

History of Opera IV: 1950 ‐ 2000 (Section SPA) ‐ 4/11/18

Ramona King is a film/ television actor and storyteller. For over 25 years she's observed, written and developed performances inspired by human wisdom and communications on stages throughout the US in venues including the White House, cultural centers, universities, festivals, and conferences. In addition, she's consulted and coached performance artists, authors, and speakers for engaging audience delivery. "Many thanks to you and your compassionate, wise, and empowering counsel to bring forth my authentic voice in the world. Your coaching is much more than simply how to tell a story. It's about how to truly show up in the world" ‐Naomi C. Rose, Author and Publisher (www.naomicrose.com) Her training includes: Ho 'oponopono (Ancient Hawaaian practice of reconciliation), strategic coaching methods, Family Studies and Human Development, and various acting methods and techniques. She's attended both the Cornell University (Human Development and Family Studies) and the University of New Mexico (Early Childhood Development).

Upcoming Classes:

Osher Membership Event: Wisdom Tales from Africa to America ‐ Folklore, Politics, and Good Common Sense (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/15/18
Your Story is a Masterful Legacy (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/2/18

Professional artist, BA in History and BA in English

Upcoming Classes:

Not OK in Vienna: A Tangle of Art, Music, Literature, and Lust (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/1/18
1123 Years and 18 Days: Glories and Failures of the Byzantine Empire through Art (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/12/18



Upcoming Classes:

Introduction to Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP) (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/13/18



Upcoming Classes:

Introduction to Improv (Section SPA) ‐ 4/7/18



Upcoming Classes:

Creative Writing Exploration ‐ Where are you From? (Section SPA) ‐ 4/9/18



Upcoming Classes:

Introduction to Acting (Section SPA) ‐ 5/4/18



Upcoming Classes:

The History of Coffee (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/20/18
The History of Coffee (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 6/1/18

I am an Albuquerque‐based teaching artist, passionate about sharing my skills for teaching the art and history of Sand dance. I look forward to an opportunity to share this rich art form and its history with your student population. My style of teaching is very accessible, providing a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction even in the very first class. While Sand dancing shares similar roots, technique, and vocabulary with Tap dancing (my other passion), no special shoes are necessary nor required. Students are given the option to dance in their normal daily footwear or barefoot, a personal favorite. The kinetic experience with the sand is a unique and awesome component of my workshops, which gets students really excited to learn.

Upcoming Classes:

A Brief History of Percussive Dance: From the Diaspora to America (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/12/18

Norma LibmanNorma Libman is a journalist and educator. She is the author of Lonely River Village and has written more than 500 articles for newspapers nationwide. She has taught at colleges and universities in Illinois and New Mexico. She also leads writing workshops and holds degrees in Education and Literature.

Upcoming Classes:

Thomas Hardy: His Life and Works (Section SPA) ‐ 4/19/18

Doug LindseyI have been helping clients with social security decisions and financial planning issues for the past four years. I have attended many continuing education courses on Social Security planning taught by local experts including "Understanding the Benefits of Social Security

Upcoming Classes:

Cybersecurity (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/23/18
Savvy Social Security for Boomers (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/16/18
Savvy Social Security for Boomers (Section WIB‐PE) ‐ 2/17/18
Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/17/18
Savvy Social Security for Boomers (Section SPA) ‐ 4/19/18
Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers (Section SPA) ‐ 4/26/18
Osher Membership Event : Cybersecurity (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/17/18

Kate LugerKate Luger, MLS is a recently retired UNM Reference Librarian. She has also been a teacher and editor for a Scottish publisher and is the author of a children's book about old Edinburgh. She has lived in various states in the US and in Scotland and has traveled widely. She specializes in collecting fiction and non‐fiction resources to provide deeper understanding of travel destinations.

Upcoming Classes:

Scottish Crime Fiction (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/5/18

Matilde MachiavelloUruguayan, Teacher of English, Team Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, Brain Gym Facilitator, passionate about accompanying processes of personal and professional growth. Bilingual Storytelling keen on spreading the word of South American greatest writers who voice their local customs, traditions and much more.

Upcoming Classes:

Osher Membership Event: World Storytelling Day (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/20/18

Jon NimitzJon Nimitz has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University, and taught at universities for about 10 years. He was consistently rated by students as an outstanding instructor. After that he ran a small research and development business working on environmentally friendly chemicals. Always interested in philosophical and spiritual issues, since retiring from technical work he has taught classes for UNM CE on "Introduction to India," "The Meaning of Life," and "Loving What Is: The Work of Byron Katie." He is currently a self‐employed investor. He spent a total of about two years in India, teaching high school and traveling with Indian friends through all regions of the country. He has made a point of exploring a wide range of spiritual traditions. He also gives talks on investment topics to the local chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). He has received numerous academic awards and has qualified to join MENSA. He has published two books and over 100 technical reports and papers.

Upcoming Classes:

Buddhism (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/2/18
Taoism (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/30/18
Buddhism (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/4/18

Dr. Norton was born in a drafty log cabin in the Carpathian Mountains.... Actually, close but not that close. She was born in the former Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic, and thanks to the former USSR, she came as a refugee with her family to Canada. She wanted to become a veterinarian, but somehow she became a historian, generally regarded as a much less useful profession. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with BA and MA in history, she sought the warmer climate of New Mexico, U.S.A. Several years, and a Ph.D. later, she still resides, with her English husband, in the Land of Enchantment. Although she considers herself a recovering academic, she can't seem to give up her favorite subject, and she therefore shares her passion for it by consulting, occasionally teaching, and lately writing. Well, she does not really like the writing part; she likes the research and the finishing part.

Upcoming Classes:

The Thirty Years War (1618‐1648) and its 400th Anniversary! (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/20/18
"Fun without Footnotes:" Reading and Writing History and Historical Fiction (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/16/18

Howard RomanekHoward Romanek was a history and urban studies teacher for most of his career at the Glenbrook High Schools in Illinois. While there, he helped to create the first four year international studies program in Illinois, the Glenbrook Academy of International Studies. Since retiring in 2003, he has been a substitute teacher, guest lecturer and volunteer basketball coach at Glenbrook South High School. From 2005 ‐ 2010, he was a member of the history Department as Illinois State University. He's taught several popular classes for the Osher Institute including the Seven Deadly Sins, Hamilton and Jefferson and the Catholic Church and the War in Europe.

Upcoming Classes:

Will the United States Meet the Same Fate as the Roman Empire? (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/21/18
The Search for the Historical Abraham Lincoln (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/16/18

Gail RubinGail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, helps get funeral planning conversations started with a light touch on a serious subject. She hosts the TV/DVD series, A Good Goodbye, as well as a weekly Internet radio program. As an award‐winning speaker, she uses humor and funny films to attract people to a topic many would rather avoid. She also helped pioneer the Death Cafe movement in the United States by hosting the first one west of the Mississippi in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September 2012. Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist, a designation awarded by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. The designation Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement is a fancy name for a death educator. She has made behind‐the‐scenes visits to mortuaries and the Office of the Medical Investigator, and takes continuing education courses on funerals, death, grief, and the afterlife. She is also a Certified Celebrant, a Life Tribute professional personally trained by Doug Manning and Glenda Stansbury of the In‐Sight Institute, the leading U.S. organization that trains Celebrants. Gail is also a public relations professional and event planner. She has more than 30 years of experience creating many memorable life cycle events. She is an award‐winning speaker with memberships in Toastmasters International and the National Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter. She started The Family Plot Blog, a chipper online resource to provide the information, inspiration and tools to pre‐plan a healing and meaningful funeral or memorial service. Her award‐winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die, provides everything you never knew you needed to know about funeral planning and brings light to a dark subject. The book was awarded Best of Show in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards and was a finalist in the Family & Relationships category of the 2010 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews. She is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. She volunteers with the Chevra Kaddisha, a group that ritually prepares the bodies of Jews for burial, and she serves on the cemetery committee for her synagogue. Rubin is a breast cancer survivor who began her cancer journey in the summer of 2008. She observes, "Nothing reminds you of your own mortality more than a brush with something as serious and transforming as cancer.

Upcoming Classes:

Hollywood's Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/6/18
Everybody Dies: Lessons from Six Feet Under (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/20/18

Retired Reference Librarian, Bernalillo County Library System

Upcoming Classes:

Albuquerque Indian School: Origins, History and Communities (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/2/18
Christmas Revels: The 1919 New Mexico Mounted Police Raid on Santo Domingo Pueblo (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/6/18
Olla Bearers and Indian Detours: New Mexico Indians as Tourist Attractions (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/16/18

Metropolitan Court Judge Frank Sedillo's ('82 BBA, '87 JD) pursuit of a legal career began in the legislative branch when he served as Aide/Doorkeeper for Senator Pete Domenici and then as Aide to Congressman Manuel Lujan. Now he presides not only in court but as host of "The Advocate,

Upcoming Classes:

Slavery and the 13th Amendment: Problems of the Past and Today s Consequences (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/18/18
Representing Yourself in Court (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/3/18
Divorce & Law (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/7/18
The Private Prison Industry or Slavery Part II (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/19/18
Introduction to Law (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 6/2/18

Rob SpiegelSenior Editor, Design News; Lifelong Writer and Author of Six Books

Upcoming Classes:

Online Writing (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/19/18
In the Moment: Writing Effective Scenes (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/14/18
Writing True: Memoir and Memoir‐Based Fiction (Section SPA) ‐ 3/29/18
Blogging Your Way to Writing Success (Section SPA) ‐ 4/16/18
In the Moment: Writing Effective Scenes (Section SPA) ‐ 5/2/18

Specialties: the Reformation, 18th century Europe, and the French Revolution. History professor, specialist in the social and political forces of 18th century Europe history professor, social and political forces of 18th century Europe. Places historical events in context with art, architecture, religion and other cultural aspects Part of European Studies faculty. Ph.D. from UCLA in Early Modern European history.

Upcoming Classes:

Paris 1870‐1920 (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/12/18

From Washington DC to teaching in South America, from Mexico to teaching in Mongolia and England, Dr. Maya Sutton is a traveler and educator. Maya graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of New Mexico. Her specialties are adult learning, cognitive development, life stages, and experiential learning. Since the 1980s Maya has been active in distance learning for adults and in taking education to adults where they work. As president of Sutton Seminars, she has trained thousands of people in stress management at government and private organizations throughout the West.

Upcoming Classes:

Celtic Culture and Wisdom (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/29/18
Chartres Cathedral – The Mysteries Revealed (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/20/18
Crop Circles – Enigmas of Energy (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/6/18
Celtic Warrior Women (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/17/18
Canterbury! Home of Three Religions (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/1/18
Stonehenge and Avebury ‐ Sacred Sites of England (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/10/18

Shari TarbetAn educator for 29 years, Shari has taught English, history, creative writing, and mythology from the 7th grade through college level. This includes three summers teaching with Upward Bound. She is a graduate of Kansas University with undergraduate degrees in education, humanities, and communications. She also holds an MA in Mythological Studies from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is currently working on her PhD at the same school. She has studied Urban Druidry with Dr. Maya Sutton, and is a published writer and photographer. She has also been a consultant with Intel Corporation. An Albuquerque resident for 24 years, her other interests include belly dance and jewelry making, her Scottish heritage, and three pet cats. She recently received her PhD In Mythological Studies.

Upcoming Classes:

The Bill of Rights: What Do They Actually Guarantee? (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/13/18
Bill of Rights: What do they Guarantee: Part II (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/17/18

Osher

Upcoming Classes:

The Inquisition in Early Eighteenth Century New Mexico (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/22/18

Mr. Trestrail graduated with honors, obtaining a B.S. degree in Pharmacy, from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1967. In 2010, he received the "Distinguished Alumnus Award

Upcoming Classes:

The Philippine‐American War 1898‐1902 (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/22/18
The 1910 Case of Hawley Harvey Crippen MD, and Its Many Unanswered Questions (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/30/18
1879 Anglo‐Zulu War: From Isandlwana to Ulundi (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/19/18
Microbes that Changed History (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 2/7/18
The History of Cereals and their Premium Toys (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/24/18
New Mexico Critters... the Good, the Bad... and the Really, Really Interesting! (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/8/18

James Whiton is an accomplished performer, improviser, composer, clinician, and teacher. He has given well‐received presentations in diverse situations ranging from the Young Musicians' Initiative (classical music student collective, ages 6‐10), the Rock 101 program (rock and roll instruction program, ages 11‐18), TedX Talks San Francisco (all ages), and Oasis Continuing Ed (senior citizen learning). James is a brilliantly engaging instructor and uses his knowledge of neurology, musical performance, teaching pedagogy, and improvisation to give his audiences an interactive experience that has drawn rave reviews. During his presentations, James intersperses didactic instruction with performances on his instrument using looping technology to create a full, orchestral sound that surprises and delights audiences.

Upcoming Classes:

History and Practice of Musical Improvisation 101 (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 3/23/18

Gay Witherington

Upcoming Classes:

The Solar Goddesses (Section WIA‐PE) ‐ 1/27/18
The Sacredness of All Things (Section SPA) ‐ 4/21/18
19854 The Continuing Journey of Life after Death, Section FAA‐EFA (Section SPA) ‐ 5/10/18

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